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“Amazing Drive”
Review of Shelf Road

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Owner description: Mostly unpaved, this road travels between Cripple Creek and Canon City and promises outstanding views.
Reviewed August 23, 2013

The road was single lane with areas that you can pull over to allow oncoming traffic to pass. There are plenty of places to stop and enjoy the view and hike or just walk around. the average speed is 15 to 20 mph, so figure a couple of hours in the car. The scenery was incredible. We only saw 3 other vehicles on the road the entire time. My 3 tween and teen boys loved it. Signs recommended a 4 wheel drive, but it was no problem with our SUV, 2wd. A car could be an issue, but we did see one on the shelf drive. Beware, it is a small road with a drop off on one side. Take it slow and you'll be fine.

1  Thank glenn l
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

We took the Shelf Road from Cripple Creek to Canon City. This was one of our favorite parts of our Colorado trip. The scenery was absolutely beautiful. We had been warned that parts of the road could be rough but we made it fine in a Toyota Camry. You do have to be careful going around some blind curves but just go slowly. I highly recommend this route.

2  Thank Betty G
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

If you are searching for Window Rock on the Shelf Road, you don't have to look too hard. You will know it when you see it and it is lovely. We drove the road down from Cripple Creek to the Window Rock view. Yes, the road is narrow and you do have to keep an eye out for the nearest turnout spot if you meet an oncoming car. We have driven on much worse roads. This one is worth the experience of being under the trees and next to the running creek.

1  Thank Linda S
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

I drive the Shelf Road everyday to and from work. I really enjoy the drive. I do get to see all sorts of wildlife. The scenery is beautiful. I recommend the road if you have time and are looking for a nice drive away from the cities. Also lots of photo opps on the road.

1  Thank tonybaca
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

We got on this road by accident! We were leaving Cripple Creek heading back to Canon City when our iPad map directed us this route!!! It was just beautiful. If you love nature and the outdoors you don't want to miss this route!! AWESOME VIEWS, plus it was FREE,

1  Thank Kristie-Travill... D
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